Family Cosmetic Dentist Blog
Posts for: February, 2017
Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”
With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.
Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.
But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.
So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
Learn more about root canals from your Cincinnati, OH, dentists.
Could that pain in your tooth be a sign that you need a root canal? Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott, your Cincinnati, OH, dentists at Cornerstone Dental Groups share symptoms that may indicate that you need a root canal and explain how you can benefit from the procedure.
If you need a root canal, you may experience:
- Pain: Pain in a tooth may be caused by a cavity or might be a sign that the the pulp at the center of your tooth is inflamed or infected. The only way to tell is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Pain may be constant or intermittent and may increase when you bite or press on the tooth.
- Problems with Temperature Extremes: Has your tooth suddenly started hurting every time you eat or drink something hot or cold? Sensitivity may indicate a problem with a nerve in the pulp.
- Gum Symptoms: Take a look at your gums. Are they swollen and red? Inflamed gums can be a sign that you need a root canal, although they can occur due to other reasons, such as gum disease.
- Dental Abscesses: Severe pain may be a sign that you have an infection called an abscess in the center of your tooth. Symptoms of abscesses also include fever, facial or jaw swelling, swollen lymph nodes and a small pimple-like bump on your gum. Dental abscesses are dental emergencies and must be treated promptly. Failing to treat the abscess can cause bacteria to spread throughout your body via your bloodstream.
What can I do if I experience these symptoms?
The only choices are extraction of the tooth or a tooth-saving root canal. During a root canal, the pulp is removed and the canals that reach from the top of your tooth to the roots are cleaned with a tiny file. As long as your roots remain strong, you'll be able to continue to use your tooth to bite and chew even though the pulp has been removed. After the first appointment, you'll leave the office with a temporary filling. In about a week, you'll return for a permanent filling. In most cases, you'll also need a crown to protect and support your tooth.
Root canal treatment can help you preserve your healthy smile. Call Dr. Solomon and Dr. Burleson-Ott, your Cincinnati, OH, dentists at Cornerstone Dental Group, at (513) 631-8920 to schedule your appointment.